New York: Thousands of yoga enthusiasts from across the world on Monday took part in mass sessions and performed various asanas keeping in mind social distancing guidelines to celebrate the 7th International Day of Yoga amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Indians Missions across the world have marked #YogaDay with great enthusiasm. The Yoga sessions world over drew several people,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
“The COVID 19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the consequences of poor global health. The social and economic consequences have been devastating. For many around the world, yoga was a lifeline during lockdown. It helped to maintain physical well being, while also managing the stress of uncertainty and isolation,” President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir said in his virtual address on the occasion.
India’s Permanent Mission to the UN organized virtual commemoration to mark the IDY, with the theme ‘Yoga for Well-Being’. Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti said that this year’s commemoration of Yoga day seeks to reaffirm the rejuvenating role of Yoga in promoting health and well being of the global community, which is presently coping with the pervasive effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.
India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, on Sunday participated in a yoga session at the India House in Washington which was attended by embassy officials in-person, while a large number of people across the US joined the event virtually through Zoom.
In New York, the Consulate partnered with Times Square Alliance to host celebrations at the iconic Times Square, attended by more than 3,000 people.
The Indian community in New Jersey led the Yoga day celebrations at the Liberty State Park.
In Chicago, the Consulate commemorated IDY 2021 in Grant Park in partnership with yoga organizations in the Midwest region, wherein there was enthusiastic participation in virtual and in-person modes.